what to do in toronto


If you’re a Torontonian, the first days of summer are much to celebrate! While many travel outside of Toronto to cottage country, it’s also fun to get out and explore our amazing city.  So why not kick off summer with a staycation in Toronto?

Doing a staycation in Toronto is always a great idea, whether you’re enjoying with your partner, family or with friends. There is so much to do for anyone having a staycation in Toronto – couples can wine and dine, girlfriends can go to the spa and out to a bar/lounge, and families can enjoy many family-friendly activities like visiting the CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium (and the CNE in mid to late August).

What to do in Toronto

I recently had a lovely staycation with the husband at Hotel X. Slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown core in Toronto, you’ll find Hotel X nestled by Lake Ontario. Not that it’s that quiet – it’s a different vibe than where many of the other hotels are situated. And with Budweiser stage and BMO Stadium visible from the rooms and within a short walk, there is no shortage of excitement.

Take in a Toronto FC game and if you’re a big fan, you may bump into some professional soccer players like we did in the hotel lobby – the Cincinnati FC were playing that evening and we happened to bump into them by the elevator. Not into football or soccer? Cheer on the Blue Jays by taking in a game at the Rogers Centre. is Stroll along the lake and visit Ontario Place, all within walking distance from Hotel X.

Toronto is a Fun Family Vacation Destination

Staycation in Toronto - view from Hotel X

Staycation in Toronto - Hotel X view of BMO Stadium

Staycation in Toronto – Where to eat 

A ten-minute drive away is the bustling neighbourhood of Ossington. We walked up and down the lively strip where patios were packed, and drinks were flowing. We dined at Libretto, where the pizza is as authentic Neapolitan as you can get outside of Italy – and their gluten-free crust is exceptional. Our server Connie said the owners have spent years perfecting their recipe and it shows. If only they could share their secret.

Libretto pizza - Ossington Toronto - gluten-free crust

For breakfast or brunch, dine at ROSES Social, a chic restaurant on the second floor of Hotel X. In the mood for a Proper Breakfast, what stood out aside from the double-smoked bacon was the crispy potato fingerlings and the chili-lime vinaigrette on my side salad. It was also appreciated that the restaurant was able to accommodate my food sensitivity and substitute toast for a gluten-free bagel. I’ll have to try the Huevos Rancheros next time.

ROSES Social restaurant - Staycation in Toronto Gluten-free breakfast as ROSES Social Brunch at ROSES Social Hotel X Toronto Located on the rooftop of Hotel X is Valerie, showcasing stunning city and skyline views, accompanied by a fresh and creative sushi-style menu.

Located in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District on the corner of Adelaide and Yonge you’ll find Ontario’s largest selection of draft beer – 160 taps! – at Craft Beer Market. 

Stop by Wellington Market aka The Well which boasts restaurants, fresh market fare, and gourmet grab-and-go options. The market is liquor-licensed so you can grab a cocktail and sip while exploring 50 merchants. 

Staycation in Toronto – Stay at Hotel X Toronto

With gorgeous views of Lake Ontario, the CN Tower and the city, you could spend a weekend in Hotel X without having to leave.

The amenities are superb – full-size fitness center at 10XTO with a plethora of weight and cardio machines you need for a full workout and more, plus group classes and yoga too. There is also a stunning tennis court with floor to ceiling windows overlooking BMO Stadium. For families, there is a movie screening room and a kids’ play center too.

The roof-top swimming pool overlooks the lake with rows of lounge chairs where you could spend hours lazing around. The rooftop pool is a treat as it’s never over-crowded due to having reserved times. The poolside drink service is a lovely extra treat.

Hotel X Toronto Staycation Toronto Rooftop Pool at night Hotel X Toronto Rooftop morning view

Fitness centre 10XTO at Hotel X Toronto

If you’re able to snag a King Corner Studio, you’ll get access to 180-degree views which I highly recommend. The bathroom is stocked with L’Occitane soaps and shampoos add to the luxury… as well as robes and slippers so you can kick off your heels and curl up on the comfortable bed or velvety couch to enjoy the views. Waking up to the views of Lake Ontario while sipping a double espresso Nespresso is goals!

King Corner room at Hotel X Toronto

Hotel X Toronto Staycation Toronto morning Nespresso

Hotel X Toronto’s lobby has sky-high ceilings with comfortable seating to lounge and people-watch. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the colourful library which has grandiose boardroom table, and the Kandy Gallery which showcases photography from around the world.

Staycation in Toronto - Hotel X Lobby Staycation in Toronto - Hotel X Toronto Lobby

Art gallery in Hotel X Toronto Staycation in Toronto - For spa lovers, the award-winning Guerlain Spa is yet another escape – a perfect reason to book a Girls Getaway. Hotel X offers a special package just for that, a staycation for the girls to enjoy some pampering and girl time. The Girls Getaway Package offers a two-Queen or two-bedroom suite, $500 credit to Guerlain Spa, group fitness class at 10XTO, and a bottle of rosé for the room. 

Thank you to Hotel X for hosting our staycation in Toronto.

Staycation in Toronto - morning view from King Corner Room Hotel X

Staycation in Toronto sunset from Hotel X room